It was Donbass and Crimea, which gave the staunchest opposition to the pro-European movements, by way of which the Collective West wanted to forcefully direct Ukraine’s future.
In Donbass, which used to be part of Ukraine up until recently, the local population have always spoken Russian as their mother tongue and considered themselves Russians i.e. members of the Russian population corpus.
Donbass has up to recently been considered the richest part of Ukraine due to huge deposits of coal and other valuable and lucrative ores, including much-sought-after titanium.
It was in effect Donbass together with Crimea, which gave the staunchest opposition to the pro-European movements, by way of which the Collective West wanted to forcefully direct Ukraine’s future.
After the coup orchestrated by the Collective West centres of power in Kiev in February 2014, and their legitimate President of Victor Yanukovych fleeing the country to Russia, in Donetsk and Lugansk regions, which did not (do not) want to live in subjugation to the forcefully and illegally imposed Kiev government, national militia was formed, which is trying to defend their population from the continual attacks by extremist formations and Ukrainian Army as well, which was soon to turn into an all-out war.
Years of absolute downright terror perpetrated on the Donbass population of the region by the Kiev regime followed.
Their response to that agonizing terror was the declaration of the independence by the Lugansk and Donetsk, to which Kiev regime responded in brutal military terror against the local Russian population for eight years up until February 2022.
During that period, in literally continual daily shelling of these republics at the time still not recognised, more than 14 000 people died tragically and 37 000 locals were wounded or injured.
In the meantime, the Minsk Agreements were signed pertinent to the ceasefire and granting Donbass a special status, the guarantors of which were Paris, Berlin and Moscow.
By reference to these agreements, Donbass was supposed to remain in Ukraine and thus be granted a special status, by way of which the entry of Ukraine into NATO would be precluded.
The Ukrainian leaders regardless of having signed the two Minsk Agreements and participated in the negotiations in the Normandy Format did not consider that these were/are to be implemented (ever).
At the beginning of the special military operation, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stated in public that he had no intention of implementing them. The Former German Chancellor, Angela Merkel recently admitted that none of them had any intention of abiding by these agreements.
They merely wanted to buy time so that they prepare and modernize Ukrainian army for them to ready themselves to stand in combat against the Russian military forces.
Obviously all of them considered the conflict inevitable. Russia was painfully aware where all that would lead. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in December 2021 asked Washington and NATO to provide written guarantees that NATO would not spread further eastward.
Namely, he requested for Ukraine to preserve its neutrality. He sent a letter to all NATO and EU members respectively, requesting each of them to put forth their individual official declarations on the crisis of Ukraine.
Lavrov reminded them of their agreement on the indivisible security principle, the meaning of which is as follows: ‘there is either ‘one security for all’ or there is security for none’.
Brussels viewed that request by Sergey Lavrov as an effort to sow division and discord in the EU. Lavrov’s request for the sought guarantees was declined with frequent statements that they can negotiate with Russia only by use of weapons.
In the meantime, the situation in Donbass got to be continually exacerbated. Upon Kiev’s request, the Collective West started increasing the military aid for Ukraine.
A few tonnes of weaponry were delivered to Ukraine including the Javelin anti-tank missile systems. It was rather clear that Kiev was on their warpath ‘to pacify the restless, resolutely unyielding population of Donbass once and for all.
By the end of January 2022, the Collective West started the evacuation of their diplomats away from Kiev. Due to the worsening of the whole situation. on February 15, 2022, the State Duma and the Council of the Federation addressed the Russian President Vladimir Putin to recognise the independence of Lugansk and Donetsk People’s Republics.
Kiev responded by heavy shelling of the civilian and residential buildings, which was the shelling of the biggest proportions ever since 2014. The population started fleeing their homes in long processions seeking refuge in Russia.
For the Russians it was the last political straw of brutal bloodshed when Ukrainian President Zelensky at the Minsk Security Conference declared that Ukraine could give up on their decades-long non-nuclear country status and annul their resolution when they had earlier renounced their nuclear arms after the collapse of the USSR.
The Donetsk and Lugansk government sought Vladimir Putin’s support to recognize their independence and declared general mobilization. Vladimir Putin then recognizes the independence of Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics on February 21.
Early in the morning three days later, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the beginning of the special military operation in Ukraine upon the request of Donbass.
The goals of the operation were as follows: demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine. Russia shall not allow for Ukraine to get hold of nuclear arms and the NATO expansion eastward was/is non-negotiable.
The Russian Parliament Upper Chamber unanimously approved of the use of Russian armed forces abroad i.e. out of and not limited to the Russian national borders.
The President of Russia warned that anybody who decides to interfere or meddle in the situation or endanger our country of Russia, that the response by Russia will be instantaneous and you shall face such consequences you have never experienced before’.
That morning Russian military performed rocket shelling on the military infrastructure in Ukraine. Explosions eerily blasted and boomed in Kiev, Odessa, Dnipropetrovsk, Kharkov that fateful morning.
Military infrastructure, anti-air defence facilities, military airports and Ukrainian armed forces aviation were rendered incompetent by use of high precision weaponry, said the Russian Ministry of Military Defence adding the words that civilians were not at risk.
The Russian army crossed the border in Kiev, Sumy, Chernigov, Kharkov and Kherson regions. At the same time, the national militia of Donetsk and Lugansk launched their offensive in the divide line of Donbass. The Russian forces occupy the Snake Island.
A few dozens Russian helicopters with air raid forces crossed the border heading for the Gostomel village, which is located 25 kms away from Kiev. Around 300 Russian parachutists landed on the Antonov military airport and launched a full charge military offensive manoeuvre.
The surprise element played a crucial role. None of the Ukrainian military HQs expected that many helicopters to advance so deep into the mainland of Ukraine. They flew at very low altitudes, which enabled them to take the enemy radars by surprise.
The airport had a huge strategic importance, due to which it had to be taken over but not destroyed. The Gostomel air raid is considered one of the most successful operations by the Russian air raid forces in their history.
Russian defence minister Sergey Shoigu ordered the Russian army to treat Ukrainian troops with respect. He pointed out that Ukrainian soldiers, unlike the extremists, gave their oath to the Ukrainian people and they merely carried out orders issued to them.
At this point Kiev terminated their diplomatic relations with Moscow, and the Collective West introduced the highest number of sanctions in history against Russia: more than 10 000.
Even in the first few days of the Russian special military operation, it was obvious that the Ukrainian army was installing missile guidance systems in the city centres.
Putin addressed Ukrainian armed forces and their soldiers with the words to take the government in their own hands and not to allow Ukrainian neo-Nazis and Banderistas to use (and abuse) their children, wives and the old people as human shield for their own nefarious actions.
The former advisor the Ukrainian government administration, Aleksey Arestovich declared that Moscow tried to lead an intelligent war in the first few days of the special military operation.
Russians were simply saying: ‘Surrender and we shall truly present you as heroes even in the museums of the future and you will be writing memoirs in your summer resort houses ‘.
In the first days of the Russian special military operation, Russian army literally occupied the whole Kherson region without any fight or opposition from the locals, and a huge part of the Zaporozhye region.
Russian units came to the suburbs of Kharkov and Kiev. They took over Chernobyl and Zaporozhye nuclear plants. The fiercest battles were fought in the Donetsk People’s Republic for Volnovakha and Mariupol.
Cities of strategic importance Izyum in Kharkov region and Balakleya, in which there used to be one of the biggest weaponry warehouses was located, were liberated. During March 2022 the peace negotiations between Russia and Ukraine began.
By Tatiana Obrenovic
Published by SCF
Republished by The 21st Century
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